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Old 03-08-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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I am started to brew the Centennial Blonde in about 2 hours. My slightly converted recipe is this for 5 gallons total with a boil size of 3 gallons....

1lb Cara-Pils (steep for 30 min.)
2lb Extra Light DME
.25 Centennial 9% (45 min)
.25 Centennial (20 min)
.25 Cascade (10 min)
.25 Cascade (5 min)
3 lb Extra Light DME( 1 minute)

My question is this. How much water should I steep the Cara Pils in?? I was thinking of 2.5 gallons. I am guessing that the amount of water that the grains are steeped in does matter in terms of concentration. Any thoughts?

 
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Old 03-08-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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for steeping it doesn't matter the conversion has been done for you. You'll be fine with steeping carapils in 2.5g of water as carapils does not add anything to color or flavor.

 
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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for steeping it doesn't matter the conversion has been done for you. You'll be fine with steeping carapils in 2.5g of water as carapils does not add anything to color or flavor.

Gotcha. I learn something everyday. Thanks!

 
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:38 PM   #4
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why are you adding the 3#of DME for 1 min?
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why are you adding the 3#of DME for 1 min?

A few have said that I will get "better hops utilization and color".

I am not sure that is the consensus. Maybe other people can offer their insight?

 
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The less gravity the wort is the better hop utilization you will get. How much I dont know that is why I use beersmith. Also if the change in IBU is less than 5 you wont be able to tast a difference from what I read. Also doing a late extract addition wont produce as dark of a wort due to maillard reactions.

 
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:22 PM   #7
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Gotcha. I learn something everyday. Thanks!
As above, it is a good idea, especially for a light colored beer.
BTW, I made an extract version of this beer, almost exactly like yours, and it came out great. Gone in a week, but my sister and her friend were visiting and hit the keg hard.

 
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